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ICC Note

The Sudanese Government has brutally attacked and killed the people of the Darfur, Blue Nile, and South Kardofan regions of Sudan. They claim that this is because there are rebel in the area fighting their regime, but they do not just attack the rebels. They attack anyone and everyone in the region, because they say that they are also helping the rebels. This violence began nearly 15 years ago in 2003. It has continued to this day. One man tells the story of how he lost his sister to this senseless killing by the regime in Khartoum.

 

2017-09-16 Sudan (NewYorkTimes) Yet another woman is attacked and killed in an isolated place outside her village in Darfur. The story line is terribly familiar, not only from 2003 when the genocide began in Sudan, but to this day. Beyond the village, who notices now? Where is it reported as news? How will justice come if it is not reported, if no one cares?

I care. The woman who was attacked and killed on Aug. 21, 2017, was my sister, Noi.

I care. I am angry. I cry out for justice for Noi.

I am the youngest of seven children, five of whom survived, until now. Our two brothers and our other sister moved away from our village, Muzbat, in North Darfur. Noi stayed behind. She was the second youngest, but to me, she was my big sister. She helped look after me when I was a child. She was kind, strong and brave, capable and independent.

After the first wave of attacks by Sudanese government forces in Darfur in 2003, I became an interpreter and guide there for aid organizations and Western journalists. In 2006, I was captured, imprisoned and tortured by the government of Sudan. With help from the United States, I was released from prison and came to America as a refugee in March 2007.

Muzbat is one of the thousands of villages destroyed by Sudan’s army and militias in the Darfur genocide since 2003. We are from the Zaghawa tribe, one of the three tribes targeted by the government. Muzbat was attacked repeatedly. The people would flee, return and rebuild.

 

 

 

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